The Spanish Network of Cities for the Science and Innovation, in their report “ABC of innovation” (Spanish) established a set of common elements that should be promoted in local administrations to boost their role as key enabling agents of local innovation, such as Leadership, Governance, Specific Actions and Resources.
Local innovation is a joint movement in which municipal organization, the economic network and the social environment have to participate with leadership by project distributed. The administration does not need to assume all the risks not all the weight, but it has to point out the ambitions and be able to create relationships of trust, collaboration environments and new meeting spaces. In this dynamic, the teams and departments of the municipal administration have a central role. Understood as innovation teams within the local administration, they can fulfill several roles at once:
• Facilitators of greater openness of institutions to bring them closer to the needs of the environment and its actors, creating appropriate contexts of relationship and physical spaces, virtual or working relationships, collaboration and communication.
• Drivers of internal changes and distributors of information and knowledge about the ways in which other departments, institutions, economic and social environment can contribute to local innovation.
• Developers and creators of concrete innovative projects aimed at problems or specific needs of high priority, with the ability to put underway in a short time innovative, scalable and practical initiatives. This is the place where the multidisciplinary local teams would set Public Procurements of Innovations.
Read the whole report! Is your city planning the arrangement of specific multidisciplinary teams to boost innovation?